Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 21st February 2021

Where is this??    Many of our members recognized the location of the mystery snip in last week’s newsletter. Thank you to Graham Parker for supplying the photographs 

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  18th February 1971  One man died and two lie critically injured in hospital, after an accident between two cars on the A34 at Bednall Head on Monday night.  Full story.

18th February 1971  Full details of Cheslyn Hay Juvenile Missionary Association Collectors first annual church service at Cheslyn Hay Methodist Church mentioing Mrs. Margaret GriffinSusan Brough and Leita Kalina.
18th February 1971  A literary evening was held by Cheslyn Hay Wesley Guild, last week with details.
18th February 1971  Full details of the local derby between Caddick Farm Estate and Cheslyn Hay “A” in the Mitre Cup.
1921…no reports for Cheslyn Hay

Trevor’s Trivia
Details of the findings around the village from the successful metal detecting programme twenty years ago including a 3,500 year old bronze axehead, Roman bronze coins and brooches, silver ‘hammered’ coins including a James I sixpence (minted between 1604 and 1606), a Charles groat and a William III shilling (1694–1702).  Also coins donated by our members having been ‘dug up’ in their back gardens from the early 1700s.

We are very sad to report that Keith Powney has sadly passed away. He had previously lived in Cheslyn Hay for many years attending the local School and was also a member of the Choir. Keith had kept in touch with the village and many old friends over the years. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Powney family on their sad loss.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 14th February 2021

Where is this??

Just for fun, a snip of a local building for you to puzzle over, answer in next weeks newsletter.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  11th February 1971  Discussion of what to do with the land and buildings in Cheslyn Hay when the new William Baxter opens in Hednesford, in April.

Cannock Advertiser and Courier  12th February 1921  Report of the Upper Landywood Prims and Cheslyn Hay Boy Scouts football match.

12th February 1921  Stanley Willis (18) of 13, Walsall Road, Churchbridge, was jailed for a serious offence. 

A Mystery Woman by Sue & Dave Washington part 2

18th August 1880 Staffordshire Sentinal  Samuel Dainty was charged with vagrancy but the case against him was dismissed.

21st November 1884 Lichfield Mercury  Samuel Dainty of no stated address, was charged with an assault on a woman, unknown, on 29th Oct., 1878 at Great Wyrley.  Full story.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 7th February 2021

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser 4th February 1971  Story of a stewardship campaign is to be started by Cheslyn Hay Methodist Church to attract new members to church organisations.
4th February 1971  Details of the new vicar of Great Wyrley, the Rev. John Newcome Craig, being officially inducted to the parish.
Cannock Advertiser & Courier 1921  5th February 1921  At a meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club it was decided to hold a social evening consisting of a Whist Drive and Dance.
5th February 1921  A meeting of the Senior Bowling Club held at the Red Lion Hotel considered the question of the appointment of a groundsman.  Full details.

5th February 1921  Full story of a very unhappy married life was unfolded at the Cannock Police Court, on Monday, when Henry Evans of Upper Landywood, was summoned for deserting his wife Lillian Annie Evans.
A Mystery Woman researched by Sue & Dave Washington
The story of an unknown woman buried at St Marks Church, Great Wyrley in 1878 was revealed from a newspaper report in the Walsall Observer and later the Birmingham Post which covered the Inquest in a strange and complicated case.  Continued next week.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 31st January 2021

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  28th January 1971  Landywood Estate Residents Association is urging members to keep an accurate record of the schedule of the No17 bus service in Cheslyn Hay in order to improve its efficiency.  Full story.

28th January 1971  Details of the first Christmas Party of the 1st Wyrley Bank Scouts, Cubs and Guides was held at the Salem Church Hall.

28th January 1971 Glancing Backwards. Details of a supper and concert held at Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club by members of the horticultural section.

28th January 1971
Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. Call Dace and his wife Priscilla, of 8 Oxford Close, Great Wyrley.  Story of their lives and reminiscences.
Cannock Advertiser 1921  There were no articles for Cheslyn Hay for this week in 1921

Trevor’s Trivia Responses  Story of the Harley family who emigrated to Australia in December 1948 and the honours Michael received in his colourful life ‘down under’ and his memories of Cheslyn Hay.

Requests  Kirk Bagley has emailed an enquiry concerning his Hawkins family going back to Joseph and Benjamin HawkinsMary Jones and Mary Riley

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 24th January 2021

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser 1971  21st January 1971  Details of the funeral of Mr. Henry Tonks, of 64 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, aged 23.

Also story of the Wyrley Brook being called a “disgrace to the district” by District Councillor D. A. Stanton.

Cannock Advertiser 1921  22nd January 1921
The Literary and Debating Society discussed “Should the Workhouse be abolished” with full details.
22nd January 1921  The monthly meeting of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council was held and discussed the placing of a lamp outside the chairman’s house which was not erected through the instructions of the council, but on the instructions of Mr. Hawkins himself for his own convenience.
Also discussed was a request from the military authorities asking permission to erect a cross at the head of the grave of Private W. Parnaby 14th West Yorkshires, who was stationed locally and buried in Cheslyn Hay cemetery.
22nd January 1921
Edward Davis, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and using very bad language.  He stated “It’s enough to make anybody curse, they have had the gramophone 
next door going for 16 hours”.   Mr. T. A. Hawkins responded “If the gramophone referred to is like some, I have heard it is enough to make anybody swear” and ordered him to pay costs of 5s 6d.

FLEAS & FIRE Part two by Peter Cadman

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 17th January 2021

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  14th January 1971  A letter from W. Sleigh, 112 Station Street, Chesly Hay referring to how old miners are being neglected.
4th January 1971  An objection from a bus company and a petition from local residents may mean that plans for  a one-way road system in Cheslyn Hay will be drastically altered by the County Council.  Full details.
Cannock Advertiser  Unfortunately the local newspaper for January 1921 is missing so we included articles from January 1955.
22nd January 1955
  Story of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council supporting Cannock Rural District Council and Great Wyrley Parish Council in their protests to the responsible ministries about the extension of opencast mining at Great Wyrley.
22nd January 1955  Details of Mount Zion Church’s annual Sunday school prize distribution.

Trevor’s Trivia

This month we look back on an old miners’ dispute over money listing 44 names who were refusing to accept the terms, together with another list of all the miners who would not join the Union.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 10th January 2021

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  7th January 1971  Annual Sunday School Party at the Salem Church Hall Cheslyn Hay.
7th January 1971   Details of the New Year’s Social of the Cheslyn Hay and Featherstone Old Time Dancing class.

7th January 1971
Green Belt gap between Cannock, Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley “island” vital as claimed at an appeal to an inspector for the Secretary of State for the environment by Standek Properties Ltd. against the refusal by  Cannock Rural District Council to give planning permission for housing development on land on the south side of Dundalk Lane and Moons Lane junction.  Full story.

Cannock Adverister and Courier  8th January 1921  Details of the victory for Cheslyn Hay United over Cheslyn Hay Villa in one of the finest games witnessed on the Barn Flat Ground in the Penkridge Cup.
Also a football match is being arranged in the township between the Institute past and present players for charitable objects naming the players available.

Trevor’s Trivia Responses

Interesting information from recent items, including Albert PottsMaxie PottsAlbert Pee, and Shirley’s fish and chip shop plus another Jellyman story. 

General News
I have received a request from Tony Jones of “Friends of Littleton Colliery” who is researching into all the deaths of miners recorded from Littleton Colliery Cannock Staffs.  If anyone can help with any information, please email